Luxury Modern House at The Phoenix Golf & Country Club, in Pattaya by Thailand Architects.

Thailand architects was pleased to complete the design for our client from Singapore, who wanted to design a modern, 2 story luxury house at The Phoenix Golf & Country Club, Pattaya. We won the contract to provide full professional architectural and engineering services, from concepts to completion, ready for construction.

The architectural design was to have a minimalist approach. U shaped family home with 4-5m high ceilings on the ground floor. The client wanted the house to be bright and airy. Good air flow with a balcony to run all around with the swimming pool being the main external feature.

Our architect Khun Yos worked closely with the client and supervised by Chris, who is head of design. Much was done by email as the client worked overseas, with occasional meetings when over. The architectural design took 8 months to complete, with the client involved throughout the process developing all ideas with us.

Thailand architects would like to thank our client for this wonderful opportunity and very glad he is pleased with all the results. As Bangkok architects we look forward to every project we do and do our best at all times. If you are seeking a Thai architect please contact us at Thailand Architects.

Thailand Architect – Where can you design houses in Thailand ?

Thailand architects has designed houses and provided professional architects drawings in Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Prachinburi, Udon Thani, Kanchanaburi, Surin, Roi Et, Pakchong, Nakhonratchasima, Suan Son, Ban Phe, Rayong, Samut Prakan and many other locations throughout Thailand. As long as we have all the correct information from you in regards the land details and information on your house requirements, we can discuss the project with you. Thailand architects is based in Bangkok but we provide the architectural service in all parts of Thailand. Please contact us if you require an architect to help you design your house in Thailand.

Thailand architect – What are the main stages of architectural design drawings ?

The Main Stages of Architectural Drawings

Depending on how it is explained most architects would agree there are perhaps five to six stages in architectural design. Sometimes Conceptual Design is considered a separate stage to Schematic but they are kind of one of the same, as both effect each other. If you group all stages, then it could perhaps be said there are two main ones, which are the schematic design (sometimes referred to as the preliminary design) and construction drawings. Within this there is of course design development. Some of the stages are not always included as part of the architects scope of work, so this is all considered and agreed upon before architectural works begin.

Please note: Unless specifically requested from the start of communications with Thailand architects, we quote for the first three stages. This is because many of our clients do not require us to be involved in the construction budding or construction stages.

  1. Schematic Design & Conceptual Design
  2. Design Development.
  3. Construction Drawings, Detail and Documents.
  4. Construction Bidding.
  5. Construction Admin.

For example, quite often in single house design and build in Thailand, the architect is not involved in construction bidding and construction administration, unless requested specifically by the client. The architect can be involved if requested but in many cases, the client will find their own construction contractor and deal with this directly themselves.

Thailand architects have helped clients with construction and do get asked to do the complete service of design and build. We are flexible and like to assist you the client as much as we can. So if it is something we get asked for, we do our best to help you.

Schematic Design & Conceptual Design: This is can be referred to as the preliminary design stage. It is where having gathered all the information from the client, with regards to the land plot and all requirements, the architect creates the first architectural drawings which include the master plan, floor plans and onto elevations and perspectives. The house concept is created.

It is during this stage, the general scope and conceptual design of the project, including scale and relationships between building components. At the end of the schematic design phase the architect will present perspectives for the client’s approval.

Design Development: The design development stage is where the buildings rooms, areas, appearance and details of a project are developed, prior to the finalization of the project in Construction Documents. At Schematic Design, the spaces are examined at a whole building level. The client receives drafts and can of course comment, make changes and requests.

Construction Drawings, Detail and Documents: The construction drawings stage is carried out after the previous two stages are completed and the client is satisfied with the design. It is where various professionals, such as architect, engineer, electrical engineer, sanitary engineer and any other required personnel, carried out the detailed technical drawings of all aspects of the project. This will include architectural detail, structural, engineering, electrical, mechanical, sanitary/plumbing, systems and all required detail for the construction drawings. At the end of the stage and all payments are made the Thai architect will also supply any license documents and required for the application for permissions to build; in addition, to signing off all construction drawings.

Once everything is completed, then the client receives all drawings and can apply for permissions to build and engage the construction contractor to help them build the property.

If the client at the start of the project asked the architect to help them with a BOQ (bill of Quantity), help building the property, and/or supervise the project then this will continue on. But these details must be discussed at the start as often in Thailand, this is not the case or necessarily required for single house construction. So iron out all these details at the start.

If you are looking for a Bangkok architect, or an architect anywhere in Thailand, please send us an email. We are happy to help.

Bangkok Architect

We are a team of professional architects in Bangkok, providing a comprehensive architectural service in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. We are here to assist you with your architectural requirements. Thailand is the web site to display some of our architectural designs, give information on what we do and contact details. We speak Thai and English.

Our head architect is Yos Kangvankiattichai, who has been designing property for over 15 years. Together we have designed many houses, villas and property throughout Thailand and also internationally. Many of our clients live in Thailand and others work overseas. We can assist from the start of the architectural process, right the way through to the final detailed construction drawings. All signed off by our professional licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. If you would like our help and looking for a Bangkok architect, please do not hesitate to contact Thailand


Building a House in Thailand- Thailand

If you have land and want to build a house in Thailand, there are several important points to know and follow.

Land Boundary and Title Deed Survey by Local Authority
Thailand Architects advises all clients to have their land surveyed by the local land office or government authority. This is to make sure boundary markers are in the correct location and to avoid any boundary disputes with neighbors once construction works begin. It is inexpensive and can be requested easily at the local authoritative office.

Earth Fill
If your land is not at road level, or below neighboring land levels, it may need to be earth filled, with consideration for the neighbors land levels, so you do not deposit your water runoff into their land. This should be done in advance of any construction works, if required.

Topographic Survey
If your land is not flat, has contours, is sloped, has varying levels, has existing buildings, large objects and/or service structures, you may need to have a topographic survey carried out.

Soil Test Survey

All clients who are carrying out the construction of a building on a piece of land must have a soil test survey done. Thailand Architects can facilitate this. It is vital, so the structural engineer has the information to know the depth of piles into the ground and to calculate structural load. It is very important so your structure is designed and built correctly, so it is safe and has the correct integrity. Not having a professional soil test can result in very costly problems with subsidence, structural cracks and in the worst cases structural failure. So you must have a soil test survey done. Please contact our architectural team for a soil test survey.

The Architect & Architects Drawings
Before any accurate cost is known and before any building works can begin, you must have carried out professional architectural drawings with a licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. Thailand architects has been helping clients for many years and designed many styles and sizes of houses. Once all the required information is collected from you in reference to the house and land, then it takes about 7 working days to create what is called the architects job description. This is a word document that clarifies the approximate areas of the home and rooms, the approximate projected cost and all the works (drawings etc) that you will receive for the fee paid. Plus the payment schedule.

The architect bases the house areas on your land measurements, the information you provide, your requirements and what are reasonable sizes for the various rooms based on industry standards and on their experience. From that, they calculate a rough approximate projected cost. It is only a rough approximate projected cost, as no one can know cost until all architects drawings are completed and contractors tender for the project. But it is a good guide.

If you do go ahead at the end you will receive all you require to then apply for permissions to build and then give the drawings to the builders to quote and build. All drawings are signed by both licenced Thai architect and licensed Thai engineer and include all master plan, floor plans, elevations, perspectives. In addition to all detailed drawings such as architectural, structural, mechanical, engineering, electrical and sanitary/plumbing. The process can take many months so do plan with plenty of time.

Professional Construction Contractor
One of the most important ingredients of building a house in Thailand, other than a professional licenced architect, is the construction contractor. It is so important to make sure your builder is professional, has experience and a good reputation. There are many aspects in a construction project that can go wrong, which can cause terrible delays and also additional costs. So a professional, experienced construction contractor is imperative. ‘Cheap quotations to build’, often means exactly that and providing low quotes, is one way to obtain a project, but it may not be the correct price, leaving the contractor unable to finish the project. Or lack of experience, low ideas of quality and having multiple projects are all factors that can cause you problems. A good professional builder can make all the difference, so take your time and chose the correct one. To build a house in Thailand, on average, takes anywhere from 9 -14 months to build with very large, complex ones maybe taking 18 months.

Costs vary according to the final architect’s drawings, specifications and materials. So asking for cost before you know all this is purely guess work and must not be considered accurate. The only correct way to know exact accurate costs is to have finished architects drawings. If you are seeking the help of a professional Bangkok architect or an architect in Thailand for your project in other parts of Thailand, please co not hesitate to contact us.

Thailand architect- Medium Size Retirement Bungalow in Thailand


Thailand architects designed a medium size retirement bungalow. It is 270 sq.m and includes:  3 bedrooms, 3 en suite shower rooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, patio, swimming pool and garage. If you like this design or would like a Thai architect to assist you with all the architectural drawings, please do not hesitate contact Thailand Architects.

Thailand Architects Design a Balinese Style ‘Tropical Villa’

Thailand architects designed a medium size, Balinese tropical house for a client. The client was looking for a Bangkok architect to help her with the architectural design of a holiday home. She liked the Balinese style and asked if we could design a medium sized tropical villa for her and her husband. It was to be within her budget for 5-6 million Baht with 3 bedrooms, 1 en suite bathroom, 1 communal bathroom, living area, kitchen, laundry room, carport, storage room and small swimming pool.

Thailand architects design all styles and sizes of houses in Thailand. We have helped many people with architectural drawings and provide the complete professional service. If you are looking for a Thai architect who speaks English and require an architect in Thailand, to design your home, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you.

Our Chiang Mai Architect ‘Khun Mac’ Designs Traditional Style Thai Villa – Thailand Architects. Khun Mac has worked with us for 15 years and helped many of our clients over the years.



Thailand Architects were asked to provide the full architectural design for a house in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The client wanted it to be in a traditional Thai style with modern facilities. Its overall size was 698 sq.m and included: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living area, terraces, balconies, exercise area, maids’ room, kitchen, Thai kitchen, Jacuzzi, ponds, carport, motorcycle area and storage.

Specialist 3D renders were not requested so our standard 3D perspectives were satisfactory for the client (as seen here). We provide as standard within our architectural fees, 3D perspectives, to give the client an idea of how the home will look. If more detailed, artistic quality renders are required, Thailand architects can also provide this for an additional fee.

Thailand architects are here to assist you if you are looking for a professional Thai architect to help you with your project. We have our Chiang Mai architect Veeravit Vongkwo (Khun Mac) who has worked with us for 15 years and assisted many people with the architectural drawings for their homes, villas and projects. One of his architectural designs went on to win the Condé Nast Hottest boutique hotel award in SE Asia. If you are in other parts of Thailand, we can also assist and have done so many times for clients living in lots of different parts of Thailand. If you seek a Bangkok architect, we have our architects in Bangkok too. Our projects have included areas such as Bangkok, Hua Hin, Surin, Pattaya, Kanchanaburi, Prachinburi,  Ubon Ratchathani,  Udon Thani, Chiang Mai, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Phuket and many other locations. You may contact us by clicking here. We welcome your enquiry.

Thailand Architects: A Glossary of Frequently Used Words and Terms in Architecture

Architectural Terms

Below is a list of words and their meanings. It is not all the words you will here in architecture and certainly not all the terms used in architecture by architects, engineers and builders. However it is a good reference list that helps understand words, you may hear used. Some words and terms have varying meanings, so this is only meant as a basic guide to be helpful. Thailand architects hopes you find it informative. If you have any difficulty understand architectural terminology or do not know what a particular term means, you can always research it on the internet or ask the architect.


An arcade is a series of arches supported by columns or other vertical elements.


An arch is a  curved or pointed structural element that is supported at its sides.

Architectural Symmetry

Architectural symmetry is a design characteristic, by which the two sides of a facade or architectural floor plan of a building, present mirror images of one another. You see this plenty in classical architecture.


An archway opening with a curved or pointed top.


An attic (sometimes referred to as a loft) is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building

Attic Window

An attic windows, is a window that provides light to an attic, and often located in a cornice.


A balcony is a platform that projects out from the wall of a building, and which is enclosed on its outer three sides by a balustrade, railing, or parapet. On houses it is used to sit on, lay on or to enable a person to stand out on and look out. It allows the inside space to extend out to the outside.


A vertical supporting element, similar to a small column.


A railing consisting of a row of balusters supporting a rail.


A section of a building distinguished by vertical elements such as columns or pillars. Often, a bay will protrude from the surface of the wall in which it is situated, thus creating a small, nook-like interior space, often of a rectangular or semi-hexagonal outline. See bay window.

Bay Window

A projecting bay that is lit on all of its projecting sides by windows. See bay.

Bow Window

A curved bay window.


A small, square cupola that functions as a lookout tower, located at the top of a building. Belvederes are characteristic of Italianate houses.


A reinforcing and/or stabilizing element of an architectural frame.


A projection from a vertical surface that provides structural and/or visual support for overhanging elements such as cornices, balconies, and eaves.

Casement Window

A casement windows is a window frame that is hinged on one vertical side, and which swings open to either the inside or the outside of the building. You often see casement windows in pairs.

Central Hallway

A passageway that cuts through the center of a building, from front to back, and off of which rooms open to the sides.


A timber dwelling, cottage, or lodge with a gable roof and wide eaves, indigenous to the Swiss Alps, but now found worldwide.

Classical Architecture

Architecture that is fashioned after the buildings of ancient Greece and Rome.


A colonnade is a range of columns that supports a string of continuous arches or a horizontal entablature.


A column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. A column is a supporting pillar consisting of a base, a shaft, and a capital on top of the shaft. Columns may be plain or ornamental.


A cornice is a crowning projection at a roof line, often with molding or other classical detail.

Cornice Molding

A cornice molding is a decorative strip of wood running just below the eaves of a building. It is a a cross between a cornice and a molding. A cornice is a crowning projection at a roof line, while a molding is a decorative strip of wood.


A courtyard is an open space, usually open to the sky, enclosed by a building, often with an arcade or colonnade. It often creates a space to sit and relax, have a decorative feature, external garden, or merely a space between other spaces.


A small dome, or hexagonal or octagonal tower, located at the top of a building. A cupola is sometimes topped with a lantern. As earlier mentioned, a belvedere is a square-shaped cupola.

Dormer Window

A perpendicular window located in a sloping roof; triangular walls join the window to the roof.

Double Doors

Two adjacent doors that share the same door frame, and between which there is no separating vertical member. Double doors are often called “French doors”, due to their preponderance in French architecture.


The eaves on a house are the projecting edge of a roof that overhangs an exterior wall to protect it from the rain.

Exposed Rafters

Rafters that are exposed to the outside of a building. Rafters are the inclined, sloping framing members of a roof, and to which the roof covering is affixed.


An exterior wall, or face, of a building. The front facade of a building contains the building’s main entrance, the rear facade is the building’s rear exterior wall, and the side facades are a building’s side exterior walls.

Floor Plan

The arrangement of rooms in a building. In architectural drawings it is the layout of the rooms within the whole building.

Free-flowing Floor Plan

A floor plan in which there are no (or few) hallways, and rooms open directly onto one another, often through wide doorways. Sliding doors are popular in such a plan, as are central living rooms.

French Doors

French doors are two adjacent doors that share the same door frame, and between which there is no separating vertical member. French doors are often called “double doors.”

Gable Roof

A roof with two slopes – front and rear– joining at a single ridge line parallel to the entrance façade. When the ridge line of a gable-roofed house is perpendicular to the street, the roof is said to be a “gable-end roof.”


A wide, wrap-around covered porch lined with columns on one side. A gallery connects interior rooms together, much like a hallway.


Ventilation panels.


The metal fittings of a building, such as locks, latches, hinges, handles, and knobs.

Hipped Roof

A roof with four sloped sides. The sides meet at a ridge at the center of the roof. Two of the sides are trapezoidal in shape, while the remaining two sides are triangular, and thus meet the ridge at its end-points.


Being of stone, brick, or concrete.


A decorative strip of wood.

Over-hanging Rafters

Rafters that extend beyond the eaves of a roof. Rafters are the inclined, sloping framing members of a roof, to which the roof covering is affixed.


A pagoda tiered tower with multiple roof layers, constructed about a central axis pole. Indigenous to Asia (particularly to China, Japan, and Korea), and typically located there within Buddhist temple precincts, pagodas were built as decorative garden structures in the United States and Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, when exoticism in architectural ornament was highly fashionable. See eclecticism.


The Italian word for “palace.”

Palladian Window

An arched window immediately flanked by two smaller, non-arched windows, popularized by Andrea Palladio in northern Italy in the 16th century.


A patio is similar to a terrace; a patio is an outdoor extension of a building, situated above the ground level, and open to the sky. A patio is a more informal space than a terrace.


A small but prominent portion of a building that sticks out from a main building, either above its roof line, or to the side, and which is identified by a unique height and individual roof type. A pavilion may also stand alone, separate from a larger building, or may be connected to a main building by a terrace or path.


A decorative triangular piece situated over a portico, door, window, fireplace, etc.


A garden structure built up over a path or narrow terrace, lined with evenly spaced columns or posts that support a wooden-framed roof without sheathing. Often, vines are trained around the wooden framework of a pergola, and the pergola may lead from one building to another.


A structural support, similar to a column, but larger and more massive, and often without ornamentation. Pillars can be round or square in section, and are most often made of brick, stone, cement, or other masonry, although substantial wooden timbers can be formed into pillars.


An entrance porch with columns or pilasters and a roof.


The inclined, sloping framing members of a roof, and to which the roof covering is affixed.

Roof Ridge

The horizontal intersection of two roof slopes at the top of a roof.


The part of a building that rises above the building’s eaves. Roof lines can be particularly decorative, with balustrades, pediments, statuary, dormer windows, cross gables, etc.


A step-like recession in a wall. Or can be used to describe the set back distance from the boundary line. Set back from the boundary line of the land, or from the road.


Pairs of solid or slatted window coverings, traditionally hinged to the exterior of a building to either side of a window, used to block light or wind from the interior of a building.

Side Light

A fixed window positioned to the side of a doorway or window.


A finely-grained, foliated rock, native to Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New York, and found in many colors. Slate has been used to roof buildings in the United States since the colonial era.


A slender, pointed construction atop a building, often a church.

Stained Glass

Colored glass. Stained glass windows are fitted with pieces of colored glass, which often depict a picture or scene.


A plaster used as a coating for walls and ceilings, and often used for decoration; it is common to many parts of the world, particularly to the Mediterranean region and to the regions of the United States once colonized by Spain (i.e., Florida and California).


An outdoor extension of a building, situated above the ground level, and open to the sky. See patio.

Tile Roof

A roof covered with tiles that are usually hollow and half-cylindrical in shape, and made out of clay. Tile roofs are common in many parts of the world, including the Mediterranean and the Southwestern United States.


An exceptionally tall portion of a building.


A rigid framework, as of wooden beams or metal bars, which supports a structure, such as a roof.


A small tower that pierces a roof line. A turret is usually cylindrical, and is topped by a conical roof.


An open, roofed porch, usually enclosed on the outside by a railing or balustrade, and often wrapping around two or more (or all of the) sides of a building.

Wooden Shingles

Small, rectangular-shaped slats of wood that are nailed to an exterior surface, overlapping one another from top to bottom. Shingling is a traditional weather-proofing method for building. Also used to describe certain types of roof tiles.

Please Note: Thailand architects have only provided this to be helpful and in no way wishes to mislead, confuse or provide misinterpretation. Words meanings vary from person to person, from what source one extracts that information and especially with translation from country to country. So please understand it is only a basic list and not an exact interpretation of every term or word.

Thailand Architects Awarded Architectural Design Contract For 1290 sq.m Luxury, Italian Palazzo Villa in Udon Thani, Thailand.


Thailand architects were contacted by an overseas client and his Thai wife. They were talking to various architects to decide who could work with them on their retirement villa, in Udon Thani, Thailand. The client wanted to work with a Bangkok architect, as he worked overseas and it would be convenient for him, if a meeting was required, it could be in Bangkok. He was an engineer so was seeking a high level of professionalism, which he was used to working in the international construction industry.
Thailand architects were very pleased to be awarded the architectural design and worked with the client, via email over many months. The end result was a 1,290 sq.m luxury, Italian Palazzo villa. Features and rooms included: Master bedroom with walk in wardrobes, dressing room and en-suite bathroom, three guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast area, entrance hall, gallery, courtyard, workshop/modeling room, family room, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sun deck and barbecue area.
The client was so impressed with our architectural design, he wrote us a wonderful testimonial you can read below:
“So far the service I have received is second to none. You are most certainly the best and most professional architectural company in Thailand for luxury home design. And, in a time to come, what is on the drawing board now will become a reality. I will allow pictures of the finished property and the exerts from the plans and perspectives to be displayed at your site, to just show how dream homes like this can become very real indeed.”
If you are looking for a Thailand architect, or a Bangkok architect, we are here to help. Please contact Thailand architects. We are excited to hear from you.